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Hosenji Temple

Hosenji is the Soto sect temple under the main temple of Suwasan-Kichijyoji that looks up both head temples of Eiheiji and Soujiji of Zen Buddhism.
This temple was founded about 800 years ago by Kasai Saburo Kiyoshige who had ruled Ohsyu for the purpose of the memorial service for his parent’s soul and had been made up with splendid cathedral. In the history book of this temple, there is a description of Kanjo Hosen Daizenjyomon who seems to be the descendant of Kiyoshige. After entering civil war period, Terashima village where this temple had been situated had fired of war due to the violent melee and it had fallen into ruin. But it is understandable that the candle light had still been saved assiduously through the description of existing 8 Itabi (Note) that had built during the year of 1347 (Jowa 3 nen) and the 1568 (Eiroku 11nen).
In the year of 1532 (Tenmon Gannen), the second generation of Kichijoji, Taishu Anju Daiosho had rebuilt the cathedral. There is a record that the feudal lord of this district on those days, name of Toyama Shinzaburo had donated the land area of few ridges, for the purpose of the remembrance of his deceased wife; thus he was regarded as the re-founder / rebuilder of this temple.
In the Edo era in 1648 (Keian Gannen), in order to support the propagation of Buddhism, this temple had certified by the Shogunate that it had the equivalent value, converted into the rice volume of 8 koku 5 to.. In the year of 1662 (Kanbun 2nen), the stone image of standing “Ksitigarbha” was built up and in the year of 1686 (Jokyo3nen) temple bell was casted (By Udagawa Toshiro/ forfeited) . Furthermore, in the year of 1717 (Kyoho2nen), copper casted image of standing “Ksitigarbha” was built up (By Udagawa Zenbei) and this temple had been sustained till now by the supporter of this Buddhist temple with the concentrated deep respect.
Even today, with the laps of over hundred to four hundred years of time, few hundreds of stone images that retained graciousness were enshrined and chic and affluent culture of Edo period had being inherited.

(Note) Itabi : Memorial stone monument used for medieval Buddhism. Those 8 board monuments, belongs to the Hosenji temple were estimated as a part of 56 monuments, stored in the Jizoudou (Ksitigarbha hall) that was built in same years with Syouroudou (temple bell hall). Tangible cultural properties of Sumida ward, Tokyo. (Private)

 

Bronze image of standing Ksitigarbha

Bronze image of standing Ksitigarbha
KYOHO 2 (1717) Registered as a tangible cultural properties of Sumida Ward

Height of the image is 160 cm. Upholding circular halo and holding sacred gem on its right hand, while rod on its left hand and created year, name of wisher, owner, fabricator etc. were inscribed on its back while the trade name, occupation, afterlife name etc. on its whole clerical garment. Jizobo-Seigen who had lived in Edo Fuka-gawa had initiated the wishes and gathered the donators through entire town and erected this image for the purpose of wishing the well-recovery from sicknesses. Legend of this temple says that the image was erected as life-extension Ksitigarbha.

 

Stone image of standing Ksitigarbha

Stone image of standing Ksitigarbha
KANBUN 2 (1662) Registered as a tangible cultural properties of Sumida ward

Incised the passage of Chapter seven from the parable of the phantom city of the Lotus Sutra on the halo. Dropped out right hand was presumed that it had been holding rod. Dedicators names were incised consists of 3 gurus, 20 male and a female name of Tama that was very rare case at the time. Belief of commons had appeared on the beauteous visage standing Ksitigarbha.

We beg that the merit gained through these gifts
may be spread far and wide to everyone
so that we and other living beings
all together may attain in the Buddha way

 

Memorial stone monument

Memorial stone monument
The tangible cultural properties of Sumida ward.(Private)

Memorial stone monument is the monument built for the memorial service purpose, considered to be built during the Kamakura period and the Civil war period (Viz. the 12th century to the 16th century). Engrave Sanskrit characters onto the processed stone plate such as symbol of Buddha / Amitabha, the name of an object memorial, contents of memorial service and the date of memorial service etc., together with the dual stripes on its top. As for the memorial stone monument, there are variations for its purpose such as the memorial service to pray for the souls and the in life memorial service to pray for ones future etc. Those 8 memorial stone monuments, holdings of the Hosenji temple were estimated as a part of 56 old memorial stone monuments, stored in the lost Jizodo.

 

KOSHIN-TO

KOSHIN-TO

Koshin-To was erected in the early Edo period based on the belief, derived from Taoism. Koshin-Ko is the overnight sleepless gathering held on the 57th days of sexagenary cycle, aimed to prevent the tattle of behavior to the TENTEI by SAN-SHI (3 worms live in ones heart those knew all of bad behaviors) while they are sleeping.
Legend says that “Koshin-To” was erected in memory of the continuation of 18 times of Koshin-Ko during 3 years period.

 

SHOSADO SHUNMAN - KAHI

SHOSADO SHUNMAN - KAHI BUNSEI 4 (1821)

Born in 1757 at Edo and the pupil of Kitao Shigemasa. Left-hander, called as red-dislike fancy Ukiyoe artist due to his less-color painting style. He was blessed with versatile ability and had been active in various fields under the pen name of Nandakashiran and Kosando, Poet write name of Shiokarabo, Blue poet writer name of Hitofu-shitsuchie. Shunman was famous as a gold-inlaid lacquer-ware and shellwork as well.

 

Nirvana figure

Nirvana figure (1752-1772:Private)

Buddha had achieved the enlightened at the age of 35 years and walked around by preaching the Buddhism. He had passed away at the age of 80 years old, under the twin (East-West and North-South) pair of summer camellia tree at Kushinagar, on the way back to his home town. Nirvana figure is the drawing that had drawn based on the scripture, name of Nirvana Sutra that described the state of his pass. Nirvana figure of this temple appears that it was donated by Ushigome Shoukakuzan Hosenji (Present Nakano-ku Kamitakada) during the middle of Edo period and this aspect can be imagined from the outside indication on the box.